Review of plant, animal and biological import conditions

​​​This work program is part of strengthening biosecurity surveillance and analysis under the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper.

We are conducting an operational review of plant, animal and biological import conditions to protect Australia’s biosecurity status and maintain our market access for agricultural products.

The review will:

  • ensure import conditions easy to find and understand in the Biosecurity Import Conditions system (BICON)
  • ensure import conditions are based on current information and risk management approaches while being a minimum burden
  • allow us to identify treatments to manage biosecurity risks such as pests, disease and contaminants.

This work will continue until mid 2019.

The amount of change to import conditions will vary between commodities. Some will have minimal or no change, and some may have significant changes.

In some cases, we may ask industry to help us conduct the reviews and plan for implementation. This ensures we make sound decisions about Australia’s import conditions. It also helps us know everyone understands and is prepared for any required changes.

Register for updates

If you are an importer, subscribe to our Import Industry Advice Notices to stay informed about the progress of these reviews.

Register as a BICON user to access and follow import conditions for specific commodities. Use the follow case function to receive an email when something changes. Learn how to use BICON through our introductory eLearning module.

Import condition reviews

These lists will be updated quarterly.

Animal and biological import conditions

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Completed reviews

  1. Alcoholic beverages
  2. Alpacas and llamas
  3. Animal fluids and tissues
  4. Antibodies
  5. Antigens
  6. Baitfish, aquaculture and pet fish food – 3 packages
  7. Baits and lures – aquatic use
  8. Baits and lures – non aquatic use
  9. Bee products
  10. Casings
  11. Cats and dogs – 2 packages
  12. Cnidarians, echinoderms, tunicates
  13. Cosmetics
  14. Cremated animal remains, animal derived charcoal
  15. Cryogenic shippers
  16. Culture media
  17. Dairy –9 packages
  18. Egg products
  19. Embryos and semen – cattle
  20. Equine semen
  21. Feathers and related articles
  22. Fertile eggs
  23. Finfish – salmon – 2 packages
  24. Finfish (excluding salmon)
  25. Frogs legs
  26. Gelatine
  27. Human bodies and remains
  28. Kopi Luwak
  29. Laboratory material – animal reproductive material
  30. Live animals –prohibited
  31. Live bees
  32. Live horses, donkeys and mules
  33. Live pigeons
  34. Live rock
  35. Meat based flavours
  36. Medical supplies containing anticoagulants
  37. Microorganisms, starter culture
  38. Microscopic slides - preserved and fixed – animal
  39. Palolo worms
  40. Pet birds
  41. Pet food
  42. Prawns
  43. Rabbits
  44. Retorted animal based goods for human consumption
  45. Returning Australian goods
  46. Rock lobster
  47. Seafood (including snails and excluding prawns)
  48. Shells and related articles
  49. Ship stores containing goods for transhipment
  50. Soil and Water
  51. Stockfeed
  52. Synthetic material
  53. Uncanned or unretorted meat – 3 packages
  54. Wool and related articles
  55. Zoo animals – 16 packages

Active reviews

  1. Bioremedial products
  2. Cell lines
  3. Diagnostic kits
  4. Embryos and semen – deer, goat and sheep
  5. Enzymes
  6. Fertilisers
  7. Food samples
  8. Freshwater fish – aquarium and marine fish
  9. Genetic material
  10. Hides and skins – 5 packages
  11. Human fluids and tissues
  12. Human therapeutics and medicines
  13. Lab animals - 8 packages
  14. Laboratory material
  15. Live sheep and goats
  16. Ration packs
  17. Veterinary therapeutics and medicines

Plant import condition reviews

Completed reviews

Active reviews

Further assistance

For more information about animal or biological commodity reviews email the Animal and Biological Import Conditions Review Project

For more information about plant commodity reviews email the Plant Import Conditions Review Project

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